Autonomous Systems for Plant Protection

  • Hans W. GriepentrogEmail author
  • Arno Ruckelshausen
  • Rasmus N. Jørgensen
  • Ivar Lund


Advances in automation are demanded by the market mainly as a response to high labor costs. Robotic outdoor systems are ready to allow not only economically viable operations but also increased efficiency in agriculture, horticulture and forestry. The aim of this chapter is to give examples of autonomous operations related to crop protection probably commercially available in the near future. Scouting and monitoring together with the efficient application of chemicals or mechanical treatments are operations which can be successful automated. Drawbacks are that current systems are lacking robust and safe behaviors. In general the potential of saving e.g. of herbicides are huge when high precision targeting based on individual weed plant detections is used.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans W. Griepentrog
    • 1
    Email author
  • Arno Ruckelshausen
    • 2
  • Rasmus N. Jørgensen
    • 3
  • Ivar Lund
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Agriculture and EcologyFaculty of Life Sciences, University of CopenhagenTaastrupDenmark
  2. 2.Faculty of Engineering and Computer ScienceUniversity of Applied Sciences OsnabrückOsnabrueckGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Agricultural Engineering, University of Southern DenmarkOdense MDenmark
  4. 4.Department of Industrial and Civil EngineeringFaculty of Engineering, University of Southern DenmarkOdense MDenmark

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